Brisbane Racing Carnival Help Raise Awareness for the 2019 National Road Safety Week

Thursday, 9 May 2019

National Road Safety Week supported by Brisbane Racing Club

Image: Altus Traffic General Manager Queensland Darren Condon and SARAH Group President Peter Frazer with Jockey Ronnie Stewart who wears yellow breechers in support of 2019 National Road Safety Week. 

Brisbane Racing Club is proud to support the 2019 National Road Safety Week on course at TAB Doomben 10,000 Day on Saturday 11 May. 

The official flower of TAB Doomben 10,000 Day, the yellow rose, will be worn by some raceday patrons as a symbolic gesture to honour those who have been killed of injured on Australian roads, and as a pledge to be a safer driver. 

Jockeys will also wear yellow breechers in Race 5, the National Road Safety Week Rough Habit Plate.

Now in its seventh year, National Road Safety Week is asking every Australian to take responsibility and drive so others survive to combat the 1200 deaths and 35,000 serious injuries on Australian roads every year.

National Road Safety Week is an initiative of Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group founder Peter Frazer, whose 23-year-old daughter Sarah was killed in a road crash in 2012. 

The 2019 theme, Lead the way: Drive So Others Survive, reinforces that if we are to make a difference then each us must become a road safety leader through our own behaviour, by serving as role models, by supporting those affected by road trauma, and by sharing the road safety message. 

Everyone can speak up for road safety explains the Peter Frazer, “Take the pledge, display a yellow ribbon on your vehicle and then show your leadership by choosing to drive so others survive."

“Too many precious lives have been lost… Too many loved ones have been seriously injured. We need to actively look after one another by choosing not to drive distracted, not to speed and certainly to never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs”, added Mr Frazer.  

More than 35 famous icons around the country will turn yellow. Simultaneous lighting of icons in yellow across the country on Sunday 5 May included the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Melbourne Town Hall, Adelaide Oval, the Story Bridge and the Gateway Bridges in Brisbane.

5,000 police, emergency and fleet vehicles will sport yellow ribbons and over 15,000 ribbons will be worn this week from Monday 6 May to Monday 12 May.